Untrammeled by Man


“A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” - From the Wilderness Act of 1964

The Wilderness Act, signed by Lyndon Johnson in 1964, legally protected 9 million acres of US Land from over-use by humans. The Wilderness Act is written in an almost prose-like manner, and explicity states the human need for solitude within nature; this is a right. Part of the definition of Wilderness in the Act: Wilderness has outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation. Joshua Tree Park (Formerly Joshua Tree National Monument) has 585,000 acres of Wilderness.  As a Wilderness, an area is protected from all forms of activity besides walking, campfires are prohibited, and there is a strong Leave No Trace principle. The land is for treading upon lightly and for enjoying through the senses. Where have you felt super alone in the wild?